How to Keep a Creative Writing Journal

If you have always wanted to be a writer, this tip can get you started. Creative writing can be difficult and challenging at times. It should also be fun and immensely satisfying. If you see creative writing as a job, it will be exhausting.

Creative writing allows you to express your own unique thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Creative writing includes poetry, short stories, memoirs, and fiction.

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GETTING STARTED WITH CREATIVE WRITING

In the beginning you need to take baby steps. The most important thing is to start writing. Take the time to write every day. Write about something you know. The simplest thing, I can think of, is to write about something that happened to you today. I know, you say: “My life is boring.” That may be one reason you want to become a creative writer. Yet, every day you encounter people. Stories are about people. People are always fascinating. So, write about those people you encountered today.

Describe the physical characteristics of the people you met (blond, tall, fat) Try to describe the emotional make-up of the people (lazy, bold, shy). Describe the location (setting). Convey what they said (dialog). Describe the facial expressions (smiled, scowled) and tone of voice (shouted, whispered), Add body language during the conversation (hand movements or the way they cocked their head). Now add your own emotions and reactions. Put that together and you have created a scene. Creative writing is made up of scenes.

 

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EVERYDAY EXPERIENCES

Creative writers write scenes that readers can relate to. Every day we experience scenes that readers could relate to, because they experience the same kind of scenes in their own lives. The trick is to write it down.

You should keep a Creative Writing Journal, of your everyday scenes. In the beginning, your writing will not be spectacular. That’s okay. It will get better with practice. Don’t edit it. Don’t worry about it. JUST WRITE IT. Tomorrow you will write another scene.

The simple act of doing creative writing every day, will broaden your mind with numerous observations of people, places, and things. You will increase your imagination. Your vocabulary will grow as you search for the right word or phrase to describe something. Creative writing is good for the brain.

 

 

      

ADVENTURE IN SELF-DISCOVERY

Creative writing is a venture into self-discovery. You want to make a conscientious effort to generate ideas and emotions as you write your daily scene. Open your heart with your words. Express your Innermost thoughts about what happened. That is what creative writing all about. Write how you felt in that moment.

Who knows, one of your scenes may become the foundation for a short story or for your best-selling novel.

Creative writing brings John and me joy. We write together. It makes us happy. That is why we always sign off, happy writing. We hope you too will find joy in your own creative writing.

See our article on ways to increase your creativity.

Do you have questions or comments.

We would love to chat.

John & Patty

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